Young Latinos Are Letting Bernie Sanders Down, Here’s Why
There’s no doubt that young Latinos are #FeelingTheBern. Just look at wearemitu’s commenters on political posts, or even the latest Univision/Washington Post poll which found that Latino millennials prefer the Vermont Senator over Hillary Clinton. But are young Latinos actually voting for him? All signs point to probably not.
Young Latinos notoriously don’t vote.
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Here’s the cold, hard truth: If you’re Latino between the ages of 18-34, chances are you’re not going to vote. Both millennials AND Latinos are two demographics that have historically not shown up at the polls…and still don’t. Millennial turnout for the 2012 presidential election was less than half of what it was in 1964 and, despite that there will be 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in 2016, the NALEO Education Fund predicts that only 13.1 of them will actually vote. That’s a lot of young Latinos not voting. The proof is in the caucus.
Who really won Nevada Latinos?
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Sanders barely lost Nevada to Hillary Clinton (47.6% to her 52.3%), but the silver lining for the Vermont Senator was that he won among Latino voters…except that he didn’t. Bernie’s camp made that claim based on entrance polls, which found that he had beaten Hillary by 8 points. That poll doesn’t compute with the fact that Hillary won in counties with heavy Latino populations.
Bernie couldn’t mess with Texas.
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The Lone Star State has the second-biggest population of Latinos in the United States, and one out of every three Tejano is between the ages of 18-29. Seems like these are good numbers for Bernie, right? Nope. Hillary trounced Bernie, winning 70 percent of the Latino vote.
Colorado felt the Bern.
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Unlike Nevada and Texas, Colorado Latinos favored Bernie Sanders. According to the New York Times, the Vermont Senator won big in Denver, Adams and Weld Counties, all which have heavier Latino populations. In contrast, Hillary Clinton did better in counties with fewer Hispanics.